Jayant Misra appointed DG DRI

New Delhi: Senior IRS officer Jayant Misra was today appointed as Director General of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), ending eight months of vacancy of the post.

The move comes two days after a Special Investigation Team (SIT) asked the DRI to verify if USD 505 billion was transacted out of the country between 2004 2013 as part of trade-based money laundering.

With the approval of competent authority, Jayant Misra has been transferred to DG DRI, Delhi, a government order said.

Misra is currently DG (Systems) at the Directorate General of Systems and Data Management here.

Najib Shah, who is now Chairman of Central Board of Excise and Customs, was holding the charge of DG DRI. Shah was in May last year appointed Member in the board, apex policy making body for indirect taxes.

In October, Shah was appointed as CBEC chief and continued to hold the charge of DRI, entrusted with responsibilities to check customs duty evasion and blackmoney.

Senior bureaucrat S Ramesh has been appointed DG (Systems) in place of Misra. Ramesh at present is Chief Commissioner of Customs in Chennai, the order said.